Andrea Adams was a broadcaster and journalist. She was the first person to publicize the significance of workplace bullying. It is believed that she coined the expression "workplace bullying" in 1988. Her pioneering book, entitled Bullying at Work: How to Confront and Overcome It, was published by Virago in 1992. She died from ovarian cancer in 1995. The Andrea Adams Trust, was launched to campaign against workplace bullying, established in her memory, it provided research, a helpline and education. The Trust was responsible for organising The Ban Bullying at Work Day which is held on the anniversary of Andrea's death, the 7th November each year. In 2008 the Trust was closed down as Chief Executive and Founder Lyn Witheridge retired.
Andrea's daughter, British Grief Expert and author, Gemini Adams, wrote a multiple award-winning book entitled, "Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye" which gives a personal account of her mothers battle against cancer and the insights gained from her bereavement, including the idea that survivors need more than the Financial Assets that we typically leave in a final Will and Testament. Her proposition is that the bereaved will benefit more from our Emotional Assets — stories, values, wisdom and affection — precious gifts, which can be recorded and left through a Legacy of Love (published by Live Consciously Publishing 2009).
Publications by Andrea Adams
- Bullying At Work - Book by Andrea Adams & Neil Crawford (1992)
- Holding out against workplace harassment and bullying. Personnel Management, 48-50 (1992, October).
- The Standard Guide to confronting bullying at work. Nursing Standard. 7:10. 44-46. (1992)
- Biography of Andrea Adams and text of speech made by her in 1994.
- Andrea Adams Trust Website
- Ban Bullying at Work Website
- Bullying At Work Book
- Your Legacy of Love Book Website